Palu tsunami: desperate search for survivors amid difficult rescue conditions

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Death toll expected to reach into the thousands after tsunami hit Palu and Donggala on island of Sulawesi

Authorities in Indonesia have begun mass burials for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu, as relatives of the missing combed through body bags for their loved ones and the search for survivors intensified.

The death toll from the disaster rose only slightly on Monday, to 844, due to difficulties in reaching the areas worst affected by the quake, while the lack of heavy machinery made it difficult to retrieve corpses from the rubble. The casualties are still expected to reach into the thousands in the coming days.

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